An Uncomplimentary Season

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22: A Denver Bronco fan cheers during the NFL football game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22 2010 in San Diego California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

     Let's face it: Denver simply is not a good a team. In the coming days there will undoubtedly be renewed calls for Bowlen to fire McDaniels, for Tebow to replace Orton, for youth (McBath, Bruton and Cox) to retire age (Dawkins, Hill, Goodman, and a multitude of other possible solutions. All of these calls will be justifiable. All of the equally valid reasons for not making these changes will ring hollow and sound like little more than excuses. Put simply, Denver just isn't good enough.

     Having said that, the problem goes beyond just one or two or five individuals. The team over the last twenty-six games has shown brief flashes of what it can do:  a 6-0 run to start 2009, beat downs of divisional rivals in 2009, twice dropping forty-plus points on Kansas City, comeback wins over Dallas and New England, and a gritty, come from behind win over Tennessee despite only amassing nineteen rushing yards. Yes, we've seen flashes, but in the greater scheme of things, that's all they have been: glimpses of what might have been.

     The largest issue, IMHO, facing this team is the lack of complementary football that has gone on in the games of 2010. Complementary football, as I understand it, is when all the units -- offense/defense/special teams -- work to support one another effectively. When one unit is struggling, the others step it up to hold the line until the struggling unit can get back on track. When one unit is playing well, the other units raise the level of their play to match. The flashes of good play show what the team can do when they play complementary ball. The horrific results of some of the losses shows what happens when they don't.

After a jump, we'll look at the most obvious moments of complementary versus uncomplementary play throught he first ten games.

 

GAME #1: @Jax  L  17-24
This was the season opener, on the road, in Florida where Denver has often struggled in September.
Broncos were trying to shake off preseason injuries on both sides of the ball, including the loss of Dumervil for the season.
Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Pen Yds* First Downs Drive Result/Score**
1 Den Kickoff 7/53 -10 3 Punt
1 Jax Punt 7/39 -10 1 Punt
2 Den Punt 5/20 0 1 Punt
2 Jax Punt 6/22 15 2 Punt
3 Den Punt 13/76 -5 4 Fumble
3 Jax Fumble 5/19 0 1 Punt
4 Den Punt 3/-6 0 0 Punt
4 Jax Punt 6/60 0 3 TD 0-7
5 Den Kickoff 4/74 0 3 TD 7-7
5 Jax Kickoff 1/-1 0 0 End of Half
6 Jax Kickoff 7/48 5 4 TD 7-14
6 Den Kickoff 6/8 0 1 Punt
7 Jax Punt 4/9 0 0 Downs
7 Den Downs 4/33 7 4 TD 14-14
8 Jax Kickoff 7/31 -5 1 FG 14-17
8 Den Kickoff 9/49 -5 2 FG 17-17
9 Jax Kickoff 7/53 30 5 TD 17-24
9 Den Kickoff 7/43 0 2 Downs
10 Jax Downs 5/21 0 1 Punt
10 Den Punt 4/13 0 1 Int
11 Jax Int 2/-2 0 0 End of Game

*Negative numbers in the penalty column represent offensive penalties; positive numbers equal defensive penalties.
**When stating the score, the Broncos' score is always posted first.

Complementary
The defense forcing Jax to punt after a Den fumble.
The offense scoring a tying TD on the drive after Jax scored.
The offense scoring a tying TD after the defense forced a Jax turnover on downs.
The offense scoring a tying FG on the drive after Jax scored a go-ahead FG.

Uncomplementary
The offense fumbling the ball after the defense forced a Jax punt.
The offense going three and out after the defense forced a Jax punt.
The defense giving up thirty yards in penalties on single drive that led to the winning TD after the offense had tied the score.
The offense giving up the ball on downs after Jax had scored what proved to be the winning TD.
The offense throwing an interception after the defense had forced a Jax punt.

GAME #2: Sea  W  31-14
This was Denver's first home game of 2010.
The Broncos were trying to shake off the frustration of an opening day loss.

Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Penalty Yds First Downs Drive Result/Score
1 Sea Kickoff 14/79 -15 5 Int
1 Den Int 7/30 0 2 Punt
2 Den Muffed Punt 3/18 -5 1 TD 7-0
2 Sea Kickoff 6/18 -5 1 Punt
3 Den Punt 10/81 0 4 TD 14-0
3 Sea Kickoff 9/52 0 3 Int
4 Den Int 16/76 15 6 FG 17-0
4 Sea Kickoff 1/-1 0 0 End of Half
5 Den Kickoff 6/17 0 1 Punt
5 Sea Punt 5/22 0 2 TD 17-7
6 Den Kickoff 10/66 14 4 TD 24-7
6 Sea Kickoff 5/60 0 1 Downs
7 Den Downs 14/75 5 5 TD 31-7
7 Sea Kickoff 8/90 -10 4 TD 31-14
8 Den Kickoff 3/6 0 0 Punt
8 Sea Punt 3/3 0 0 Punt
9 Den Punt 3/5 0 0 Punt
9 Sea Punt 5/16 0 1 Int
10 Den Int 3/-5 0 0 End of Game


Complementary
Offense scoring a TD after Sea muffed the catch on a punt return.
Offense scoring a TD after the defense forced a Sea punt.
Defense making an Int after a Den TD.
Offense scoring a FG after Sea turnover.
Offense scoring TD after Sea scored a TD.
Defense forcing a Sea turnover on downs after Den scored a TD.
Defense forcing a 3 & out after a Den punt.
Defense getting an Int after the offense went 3 & out.

Uncomplementary
Offense punting after a Sea turnover.
Defense giving up a TD after a Den punt.
Defense giving up a TD after the offense had scored.
Offense going 3 & out after a Sea score.
Offense going 3 & out after the defense forced Sea to go 3 & out.

GAME #3: Ind  L  13-27
This was a home match against a major nemesis.
The Broncos were riding high after a blow out win against Seattle.

Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Penalty Yds First Downs Drive Result/Score
1 Ind Kickoff 9/38 0 2 Punt
1 Den Punt 3/5 0 0 Punt
2 Ind Punt 8/44 0 2 FG 0-3
2 Den Kickoff 4/21 0 1 Punt
3 Ind Punt 5/23 0 1 Punt
4 Ind Muffed Punt 4/-1 0 0 FG 0-6
3 Den Kickoff 6/45 0 2 Int
5 Ind Int 7/26 0 3 TD 0-13
4 Den Kickoff 12/87 -8 4 Downs
6 Ind Downs 5/19 0 1 Punt
5 Den Punt 11/54 0 3 FG 3-13
7 Ind Kickoff 1/-1 0 0 End of Half
6 Den Kickoff 6/80 0 3 TD 10-13
8 Ind Kickoff 3/9 0 0 Punt
7 Den Punt 3/0 0 0 Punt
9 Ind Punt 10/89 -10 5 TD 10-20
8 Den Kickoff 6/64 0 1 FG 13-20
10 Ind Kickoff 3/18 -10 0 Punt
9 Den Punt 12/70 -10 3 Downs
11 Ind Downs 9/93 -5 4 TD 13-27
10 Den Kickoff 13/65 -5 4 Downs
12 Ind Downs 3/6 0 0 Punt
11 Den Punt 2/28 0 2 End of Game


Complementary
The defense forcing a punt after offense gave up ball on downs.
The offense marching 80 yards for TD to start second half and narrow lead to three.
The defense forcing a 3 & out after Den scored a TD.
The offense scoring a FG to narrow lead to 7 after the defense gave up a TD.
The defense forcing a 3 & out after the offense lost ball on downs.

Uncomplementary
The offense going 3 & out after the defense forced a punt.
The special teams muffing the catch on a punt.
The offense throwing an Int after the defense had given up FG.
The offense turning ball over on downs after Ind scored following an INT.
The offense going 3 & out after the defense held Ind to a 3 & out.
The offense losing ball on downs after a long drive.
The defense giving up a 93-yd TD drive after offense gave up the ball on downs.
The offense losing the ball on downs for a second time after a long drive.

GAME #4: @Ten  W  26-20
This was Denver's second road game.
The Broncos were trying to shake off a disappointing showing against Indianapolis.

Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Penalty Yds First Downs Drive Result/Score
1 Ten Kickoff 3/9 0 0 Punt
1 Den Punt 3/-4 0 0 Punt
2 Ten Punt 7/55 0 2 Missed FG
2 Den Missed FG 6/24 0 2 Punt
3 Ten Punt 8/51 0 3 Fumble
3 Den Fumble 3/-5 0 0 Punt
4 Ten Punt 3/3 0 0 Punt
4 Den Punt 5/51 17 4 TD 7-0
5 Ten Kickoff 4/71 0 2 TD 7-7
5 Den Kickoff 3/7 0 0 Punt
6 Ten Punt 5/27 0 2 Punt
6 Den Punt 13/72 -10 4 FG 10-7
7 Ten Kickoff 4/26 0 1 FG 10-10
7 Den Kickoff 9/51 0 2 FG 13-10
8 Ten Kickoff 0/0 0 0 TD 13-17
8 Den Kickoff 4/1 5 0 FG 16-17
9 Ten Kickoff 7/24 15 2 FG 16-20
9 Den Kickoff 7/21 10 2 Punt
10 Ten Punt 3/6 0 0 Punt
10 Den Punt 7/24 5 2 Int
11 Ten Int 3/6 0 0 Punt
11 Den Punt 11/66 0 3 Downs
12 Ten Downs 5/10 0 1 Punt
12 Den Punt 5/15 34 3 TD 23-20
13 Den Muffed KO 4/4 -5 0 FG 26-20
13 Ten Kickoff 3/0 -5 0 End of Game


Complementary
The offense scoring a TD after the defense forced a 3 & out from Ten.
The offense scoring a FG after the special teams gave up TD return.
The defense holding Ten to a 3 & out after a turnover by Den.

Uncomplementary
The offense going 3 & out after the defense forced Ten to go 3 & out.
The offense going 3 & out after the defense forced a turnover.
The defense giving up a TD drive after Den scored a TD.
The offense going 3 & out after the defense gave up long TD drive.
The defense giving up a tying FG after offense had scored a go ahead FG.
The special teams giving up a TD after offense scored a go-ahead FG.
The defense giving up a FG after the offense had narrowed the lead to 1.
The offense throwing an int after the defense held Ten to a 3 & out.
The offense turning the ball over on downs after the defense held Ten to a 3 & out.

GAME # 5: @Bal L 17-31
This was Denver's third road game in their first five games, and the second road game in a row.
The Broncos were trying to maintain their focus after a gritty win against Ten on the road.

Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Penalty Yds First Downs Drive Result/Score
1 Bal Kickoff 10/74 0 3 Downs
1 Den Downs 6/24 -10 1 Punt
2 Bal Punt 9/73 0 5 TD 0-7
2 Den Kickoff 6/18 0 1 Punt
3 Bal Punt 5/47 25 5 TD 0-14
3 Den Kickoff 0/0 0 0 Fumble
4 Bal Fumble 4/2 0 0 FG 0-17
4 Den Kickoff 4/23 -10 1 Punt
5 Bal Punt 3/1 0 0 Punt
5 Den Punt 6/21 -10 1 Punt
6 Bal Punt 3/3 0 0 Punt
6 Den Punt 5/74 -15 3 TD 7-17
7 Bal Kickoff 2/3 0 0 End of Half
7 Den Kickoff 4/28 0 1 Punt
8 Bal Punt 7/32 0 2 Punt
8 Den Punt 4/21 -5 1 Punt
9 Bal Punt 14/67 5 7 TD 7-24
9 Den Kickoff 8/61 0 3 FG 10-24
10 Bal Kickoff 11/90 0 5 TD 10-31
10 Den Kickoff 5/17 -10 1 Punt
11 Bal Punt 5/24 -10 1 Punt
11 Den Punt 5/59 31 3 TD 17-31
12 Bal Kickoff 1/-1 0 0 End of Game


Complementary
The defense holding Bal to a 3 & out following a Den punt.
The defense holding Bal to a second 3 & out.
The offense following defensive 3 & out stand with a TD drive.
The offense narrowing the lead to 14 after the defense forced a punt.

Uncomplementary
An offensive penalty and a punt after the defense forced a Bal turnover on downs.
The defense giving up 25 yards in penalties on single drive that led to a Bal TD.
The offensive penalty that stalled a drive after defense forced 3 & out.
The defense giving up a TD drive after offense had scored.


GAME #6: NYJ  L  20-24
This was Denver's third home game.
The Broncos were trying to forget being dominated once again by the Ravens.

Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Penalty Yds First Downs Drive Result/Score
1 NYJ Kickoff 3/-1 0 0 Punt
1 Den Punt 2/23 -5 0 Fumble
2 NYJ Fumble 3/2 0 0 Punt
2 Den Punt 3/4 15 1 Punt
3 NYJ Punt 2/3 0 0 Int
3 Den Int 6/10 0 1 Downs
4 NYJ Downs 13/77 0 5 TD 0-7
4 Den Kickoff 8/80 0 5 TD 7-7
5 Den Onside Kick
4/4 -5 0 Punt
5 NYJ Punt 5/25 -20 1 Punt
6 Den Punt 3/1 0 0 Punt
6 NYJ Punt 7/39 0 2 Int
7 Den Int 7/24 0 1 FG 10-7/End of Half
8 Den Kickoff 11/30 19 0 Missed FG
7 NYJ Missed FG 6/23 0 1 FG 10-10
9 Den Kickoff 6/20 0 1 Punt
8 NYJ Punt 3/3 0 0 Punt
10 Den Punt 5/51 15 3 TD 17-10
9 NYJ Kickoff 2/55 0 1 Fumble
11 Den Fumble 3/-5 0 0 Punt
10 NYJ Punt 3/6 0 0 Punt
12 Den Punt 3/0 0 0 Punt
11 NYJ Punt 5/54 0 3 TD 17-17
13 Den Kickoff 9/55 -5 3 FG 20-17
12 NYJ Kickoff 10/34 46 4 TD 20-24
14 Den Kickoff 5/23 0 2 Fumble
13 NYJ Fumble 1/-1 0 0 End of Game


Complementary
The defense holding the Jets to a 3 & out on Jets' first two drives.
The defense ending the Jets' third drive with an int.
The offense going on a long scoring drive after a Jets' score.
The defense intercepting the ball after a Den punt.
The offense scoring a FG after an Int.
The defense forcing a 3 & out after a Den punt.
The offense scoring a TD after the defense forced a 3 & out.
The defense forcing a Jets' fumble after a Den TD.
defense forcing 3 & out after a den 3 & out
offense scoring go-ahead FG after jets tied the score

Uncomplementary
The offense turning the ball over after a Jets' 3 & out.
The offense punting after a Jet's 3 & out.
The offense turning the ball over on downs after a Jets' turnover.
The offense punting after the special teams recovered an onside kick.
The offense going 3 & out after a Jets' turnover.
The offense going 3 & out after the defense forced a Jets' 3 & out.
The defense committing 46 yards in penalties that led to the Jets' winning TD after offense had regained the lead.
The offense fumbling after the defense had given up the game winning TD.


GAME #7: Oak  L  14-59
This was both Denver's fourth home game and a game against a bitter divison rival.
The Broncos were trying to shake off a heartbreaking loss to the Jets.

Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Penalty Yds First Downs Drive Result/Score
1 Oak Kickoff 9/85 -5 4 TD 0-7
1 Den Kickoff 1/0 0 0 Int Pick 6 0-14
2 Den Kickoff 1/1 0 0 Fumble
2 Oak Fumble 3/21 0 2 TD 0-21
3 Den Kickoff 5/38 0 1 Downs
3 Oak Downs 7/54 -10 2 FG 0-24
4 Den Kickoff 3/-6 0 0 Punt
4 Oak Punt 9/67 -10 4 TD 0-31
5 Den Kickoff 3/7 0 0 Punt
5 Oak Punt 6/24 -5 2 Punt
6 Den Punt 2/9 0 0 Fumble
6 Oak Fumble 3/9 5 2 TD 0-38
7 Den Kickoff 3/5 0 0 Punt
7 Oak Punt 3/-4 0 0 Punt
8 Den Punt 9/68 0 4 TD 7-38
8 Oak Kickoff 4/19 0 1 End of Half
9 Den Kickoff 3/40 24 3 TD 14-38
9 Oak Kickoff 10/95 -15 4 TD 14-45
10 Den Kickoff 3/2 -10 0 Punt
10 Oak Punt 1/570 0 1 TD 14-52
11 Den Kickoff 3/3 0 0 Punt
11 Oak Punt 7/34 34 4 TD 14-59
12 Den Kickoff 3/-10 -5 0 Punt
12 Oak Punt 3/6 0 0 Punt
13 Den Punt 3/9 0 0 Punt
13 Oak Punt 5/30 0 2 Punt
14 Den Punt 8/74 15 3 Downs
14 Oak Downs 5/11 0 1 End of Game


Complementary
The defense forcing a 3 & out after Den went 3 & out.
The offense scoring a TD after the defense forced an Oak 3 & out.
The offense opening the second half with a TD drive.
The defense forcing a 3 & out after Den went 3 & out/

Uncomplementary
The defense giving up a long TD pass play on opening drive.
The offense giving up a pick 6 after an Oak TD drive.
The offense fumbling after giving up a pick 6.
The defense giving up a TD after a Den fumble.
The offense turning the ball over on downs after an Oak TD.
The defense giving up a FG after the offense lost ball on downs.
The offense going 3 & out after the defense gave up a FG.
The defense giving up a TD drive after the offense went 3 & out.
The offense going 3 & out after an Oak TD.
The offense fumbling after an Oak punt.
The defense giving up a TD after the offense fumbled.
The offense going 3 & out after an Oak TD.
The defense giving up a TD drive after Den scored a TD.
The offense going 3 & out after an Oak TD.
The defense giving up a 1 play 57 yard TD run drive after a Den punt.
The offense going 3 & out after an Oak TD.
The defense giving up 34 yds in penalties and a TD after the offense went 3 & out.
The offense going 3 & out after an Oak TD.
The offense going 3 & out after the defense forced an Oak 3 & out.
The offense turning the ball over on downs at the Oak 1.


GAME #8: @SF  L  16-24
Denver's fourth road game, played in London.
The Broncos were trying to recover from the heartbreaking loss to Jets followed by a complete destruction at the hands of the Raiders.

Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Penalty Yds First Downs Drive Result/Score
1 Den Kickoff 3/6 0 0 Punt
1 SF Punt 3/5 0 0 Punt
2 Den Punt 7/47 0 3 Punt
2 SF Punt 13/65 0 4 FG 0-3
3 Den Kickoff 5/29 -10 1 Punt
3 SF Punt 5/17 0 1 Punt
4 Den Punt 5/24 -5 1 Punt
4 SF Punt 5/33 0 1 Punt
5 Den Punt 10/22 10 3 Punt
5 SF Punt 1/-1 0 0 End of Half
6 SF Kickoff 7/29 0 2 Punt
6 Den Punt 5/84 5 2 TD 7-3
7 SF Kickoff 7/43 0 1 Missed FG
7 Den Missed FG 3/2 0 0 Punt
8 SF Punt 3/8 0 0 Punt
8 Den Punt 7/64 -20 2 FG 10-3
9 SF Kickoff 5/66 -10 3 TD 10-10
9 Den Kickoff 3/12 -5 0 Punt
10 SF Punt 4/48 0 2 TD 10-17
10 Den Kickoff 1/4 0 0 Fumble
11 SF Fumble 6/18 0 2 TD 10-24
11 Den Kickoff 7/83 -5 6 TD 16-24
12 SF Kickoff 3/9 0 0 Punt
12 Den Punt 6/20 16 2 Int
13 SF Int 1/-1 0 0 End of Game


Complementary
The defense forcing a 3 & out after the offense went 3 & out.
The offense scoring a go ahead TD after the defense forced a punt.
The defense/special teams holding SF to a missed FG after a Den TD.
The defense holding SF to a 3 & out after Den went 3 & out.
The offense scoring a FG after the defense forced SF to go 3 & out.
The offense responding to a SF TD drive by driving for its own TD.
The defense holding SF to a 3 & out after a Den TD.

Uncomplementary
The offense going 3 & out on the game's opening drive.
The offense going 3 & out after SF missed a FG.
The defense giving up a TD drive after the offense scored a FG.
The offense going 3 & out after a SF TD.
The defense giving up a TD drive after the offense went 3 & out.
The offense fumbling after a SF TD.
The defense giving up a TD after the offense fumbled.
The offense throwing an Int after the defense forced a 3 & out.


GAME #9: KC  W  49-29
This was Denver's fifth home game. It followed their bye week.
The Broncos were trying to bounce back after 4 straight losses.

Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Penalty Yds First Downs Drive Result/Score
1 Den Kickoff 8/80 0 4 TD 7-0
1 KC Kickoff 5/17 -5 1 Punt
2 Den Punt 9/82 0 5 TD 14-0
2 KC Kickoff 3/6 0 0 Punt
3 Den Punt 3/53 0 2 TD 21-0
3 KC Kickoff 7/26 4 3 Missed FG
4 Den Missed FG 8/58 0 4 TD 28-0
4 KC Kickoff 9/31 24 4 Fumble (Ret for TD) 35-0
5 KC Kickoff 9/83 0 4 TD 35-7
5 Den Kickoff 5/33 0 2 Missed FG
6 KC Missed FG 1/0 0 0 FG 35-10; End of Half
7 KC Kickoff 3/5 0 0 Punt
6 Den Punt 10/60 0 4 TD 42-10
8 KC Kickoff 13/83 0 5 Downs
7 Den Downs 3/7 0 0 Punt
9 KC Punt 4/38 0 2 TD 42-17
8 Den Kickoff 10/66 0 4 TD 49-17
10 KC Kickoff 15/88 -5 6 TD 49-23
9 Den Kickoff 3/6 0 0 Punt
11 KC Punt 6/38 -20 1 Downs
10 Den Downs 4/8 0 0 Downs
12 KC Downs 6/69 0 4 TD 49-29
11 Den Kickoff 1/-1 0 0 End of Game


Complementary
The offense scoring a TD on opening drive.
The defense forcing a KC punt after a Den TD.
The offense scoring a TD after the defense forced a KC punt.
The defense forcing a 3 & out after a Den TD.
The offense scoring a TD after the defense forced a KC 3 & out.
The offense scoring a TD after a KC missed FG.
The defense forcing a fumble after a Den TD & returning it for a TD.
The defense forcing a 3 & out on KC's opening drive of the second half.
The offense scoring a TD after the defense forced a KC 3 & out.
The defense forcing a KC turnover on downs after a Den TD.
The offense scoring a TD after KC scored a TD.
The defense forcing a KC turnover on downs after the offense went 3 & out.

Uncomplementary
The defense giving up a TD drive after scoring a defensive TD.
The offense missing a FG after the defense gave up a TD.
The offense going 3 & out after the defense forced a KC turnover on downs.
The defense giving up a TD after the offense went 3 & out.
The defense giving up a TD after the offense scored a TD.
The offense going 3 & out after a KC TD.
The offense turning the ball over on downs after the defense forced KC to turn it over on downs.


GAME #10: @SD L 14-35
Denver's fifth game, facing a hated division rival.
The Broncos were riding high after dominating the Chiefs.

Drive # Team Got Ball By Plays/Yds Penalty Yds First Downs Drive Result/Score
1 Den Kickoff 6/69 0 4 TD 7-0
1 SD Kickoff 3/7 0 0 Punt
2 Den Punt 3/9 0 0 Punt
2 SD Punt 12/75 -5 4 TD 7-7
3 Den Kickoff 8/34 0 2 Int
3 SD Int 4/6 0 0 Missed FG
4 Den Missed FG 5/14 -5 1 Punt
4 SD Punt 6/71 16 5 TD 7-14
5 Den Kickoff 3/-4 0 0 Punt
5 SD Punt 3/-8 0 0 Int
6 Den Int 3/6 0 0 Punt
6 SD Punt 2/54 0 2 TD 7-21
7 Den Kickoff 7/24 -5 3 Punt
7 SD Punt 1/-1 0 0 End of Half
8 SD Kickoff 5/72 0 2 TD 7-28
8 Den Kickoff 3/2 -5 0 Punt
9 SD Punt 6/20 0 1 Punt
9 Den Punt 4/16 0 1 Punt
10 SD Punt 11/48 5 4 TD 7-35
10 Den Kickoff 3/7 0 0 Punt
11 SD Punt 3/3 0 0 Punt
11 Den Punt 6/39 0 3 TD 14-35
12 SD Kickoff 6/43 -10 2 Punt
12 Den Punt 7/19 0 2 Punt
13 SD Punt 4/10 0 1 End of Game


Complementary
The offense scored a TD on opening drive.
The defense forced a 3 & out after a Den TD.
The defense held SD to a FG attempt after an Int.
The defense intercepted SD after the offense went 3 & out.
The defense forced SD to go 3 & out after the offense went 3 & out.

Uncomplementary
The offense went 3 & out after the defense forced SD to go 3 & out.
The defense gave up a TD drive after the offense went 3 & out.
The offense threw an Int after a SD TD.
The offense went 3 & out after a SD TD.
The offense went 3 & out after the defense intercepted SD.
The defense gave up a 2-play TD drive after the offense went 3 & out.
The defense gave up a TD drive to open the second half.
The offense went 3 & out after a SD TD.
The defense gave up a TD drive after the offense was forced to punt.
The offense went 3 & out after a SD TD.

Some Thoughts On The Season So Far
Disgusting. Disappointing. Depressing. Dismal. Pick your favorite adjective to describe what you think of the season so far. The glimpses of greatness have been few and far between. There have been a few bright spots:

1)Eight times Denver has answered an opponent's scoring drive with one of their own on the next drive.
2)Fourteen times the defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on downs, interceptions and/or fumbles.
3)Twenty-seven times the defense has forced opponents to go 3 and out (including 3 times each against the Raiders and the Chargers).
4)In six of the games, the offense got the lead for Denver.

However, the instances in which one unit failed to support the other were more numerous. Some examples would include:

1)Twenty-seven times the offense has gone 3 and out on drives.
2)Twelve times, the defense has given up a score to the opposing team on the drive following a Denver score (this has happened in every game except the Indianapolis and San Diego games).
3)The offense ended twenty-two drive in turnovers by downs, interceptions and/or fumbles.
4)The offense has seen twenty-five drives stalled by penalties, while the defensive penalties have extended opponents' drives thirteen times.

One final observation: Say what you will about the age of the defense and the number of points they've been giving up. When looking at the concept of complementary football -- as depicted in the drive charts -- it is the offense which bears the majority of the burden for not supporting the other units on the field. This is not a season in which we will see our beloved Broncos make a 6-0 run to finish at 9-7. Our team is simply not playing complementary football consistently enough to make that happen. Will we see changes? I would hope so. Do I have any clue what they will look like? Nary an idea. So, I will simply root for them to win each game. I'll cheer if they do. I'll yell and scream and throw things at my TV if they don't and hold to the hope that "maybe they'll get 'em next time."

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